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UKLO (the United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad) is a voluntary organisation which brings the fun of detective puzzle solving to UK schools using the theme of languages…. read more

IOL Report

2022 – Isle of Man 25/07/2022 – 29/07/2022

This was an electrifying atmosphere of fun and serious competition for our teams. They have pushed the bar further and have made a considerable leap forward since the pandemic recovery, placing the UK back on track as a formidable team. It is a moment of joy and celebration for everyone at UKLO… read more

Here are some videos showing you the world of Linguistics and the Linguistics Olympiad

Introduction: International Linguistics Olympiad
What the Linguistics Olympiad looks like
Why do Linguistics? Answered by a Linguist!
Misconceptions about the Linguistics Olympiad!
Message from Neil Sheldon

Our patron

Olympic Linguist: Christine Ohuruogu


"I am proud of my BA and hold it in high regard along with my athletics medals. I really enjoyed the intellectual challenge of exploring the amazing complexities of language structure, and especially the data problems that were an important part of the teaching. I think that everyone should try to do things that are very difficult for them, whether in sport or in thinking, and that what matters is how hard they try, rather than whether they overcome those particular challenges." - Christine Ohuruogu

We’re very proud to have Christine Ohuruogu as our patron. Everyone knows about her career in athletics, with a record-breaking 9 medals in international competitions between 2005 and 2016. What isn’t quite so well known is that she has a degree in linguistics from UCL, so she’s the perfect patron for us! (She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by UCL in 2013).